Author Topic: New Trans Am owner  (Read 221 times)

PontiacKendall

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New Trans Am owner
« on: July 10, 2019, 10:29:46 PM »
Hi everyone.  Just want to introduce myself and thank everyone for the wealth of information on this board.  I've lurked as a guest for a short time and have already learned a lot.

I'm a new Trans Am owner and couldn't be happier about it.  It's been on my bucket list to own one since a buddy of mine bought a new one back in '81 when I was still in high school.  I shopped for a little less than a month before finally deciding that I wanted a second generation unrestored survivor.  I was deep into three different ones before finally pulling the trigger on a 1-owner nocturne blue '79 with just 27k miles on it.  I live in Nashville and the car was in south Florida so a few friends of mine made the road trip with me down there to check it out.  Everything about the car was as advertised and the car is amazing.  It's not 100% perfect but the original owner kept it garage kept almost all of it's life so there is zero rust on the body.  The body is in excellent condition, the interior is nearly flawless, the underside looks really good (except the Rusty Jones'd exhaust) and mechanically it runs great.  I've had to get  a few maintenance items (new battery, tires, intake hose) but other than that it's 99% original.  The only thing that I'd change is that it was ordered without the hood decal.  I've already ordered one from Phoenix Graphix but I'll probably just put it on the shelf until I'm overwhelmed at a moment of weakness.  I had it detailed yesterday and the paint looks almost like it just came from the factory, absolutely beautiful.  The original owner is to be commended for taking such great care of it through the years.  I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

I don't know if they'll show up or not but I'll post some pics below that I took after having it detailed.  The pics are all high res and can be clicked on to zoom in.











1979 TA - 27k survivor, all original

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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2019, 10:48:18 PM »
Welcome!  Car looks great, I think Nocturne Blue might be my favourite colour for the second gen.

For whatever it's worth I say no hood decal is the way to go, maybe if you had the equally as tacky T-tops but you have a classy hardtop. :P
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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2019, 02:11:46 AM »
Welcome to TAC......that car is amazing. Well bought!
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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 03:46:08 AM »
Welcome to TAC, very nice looking car, put the decal on and enjoy it while you can.




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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 03:55:26 AM »
Welcome to TAC!

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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2019, 07:13:44 AM »
Welcome to TAC. Great looking car, and you are wise to get one in that condition. Surely saves a lot of heartache! You can get a replacement hood for pretty cheap, have it painted to match and put the bird on that. Easy to swap out if you get tired of looking at it. I bought a 'bird brand new in '82 and was glad it didn't have the giant bird. By that time they became very cliche'. I preferred the look without. Now, 40 odd years down the road, nothing says TRANS AM as much as that decal.
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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2019, 01:41:32 PM »
Congrats!! Very nice T/A. Love the color. I prefer hard tops... none of the usual T top issues.  Plus you have much more Nocturne Blue to look at. Good luck.
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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2019, 04:12:45 PM »
Welcome to TAC :)  Nice car!
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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2019, 09:08:41 PM »
Welcome, great looking car

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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2019, 11:23:45 PM »
Thanks for the welcome and positive posts!
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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2019, 04:33:20 AM »
Welcome, congrats, and nice TA, like the blue. My suggestion .... get that hood bird on!

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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2019, 06:19:40 AM »
Welcome!  Sweet ride.  Nice interior. 

About the hood bird:  Don't rush to install it just because it may look correct.  Since you say your new toy is 99% original as it came from the factory, then the absence of a hood bird today would keep it that way.  Just something to think about.



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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2019, 08:47:15 AM »
Very nice T/A, welcome to TAC!
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Re: New Trans Am owner
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2019, 02:01:14 PM »
Welcome, congrats, and nice TA, like the blue. My suggestion .... get that hood bird on!

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Re: New Trans Am owner
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